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Flowers In The Blood: The Story of Opium

Jeff Goldbert & Dean Latimer

Flowers In The Blood: The Story of Opium
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Opium has played a dramatic and varied role in human history, inspiring religious veneration, scientific exploration, the bitterest rancor, and the most fanciful ecstasy. Now, Goldberg & Latimer have provided a complete, insightful history of opium:

- Why a 3,000-year-old statue of a Greek goddess was crowned with poppies
- The formulas for Hippocrates’s ancient opium remedies
- Why the Islamic councils of the wise vilified hashish but venerated opium
- What really provoked the Opium Wars in China
- Why John Jacob Astor quit the opium trade
- The unique role played by Chinese opium in the birth of the US labor movement

Along the way, the authors provide details of the addictions of S. T. Coleridge, Thomas De Quincey, and other literary opium-eaters of the nineteenth century, as well as chronicling the progress of anti-drug laws and the ongoing search for an addiction cure.

Originally published in 1981, this edition of Flowers in the Blood has been updated with a new preface by Goldberg. At times disconcerting—raising serious questions about attitudes and approaches toward powerful drugs and their control—Flowers in the Blood is an essential addition to the literature of opium, and a wide-awake look at the stuff that dreams (and nightmares) are made of.


Softcover, 320 pages
Skyhorse Publishing, 2014

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